Homegrown Social Restaurant Group is opening its first restaurant outside the D.C. area this summer in Philadelphia, exporting its new Rebel Taco eatery to a forthcoming food hall that’s also bringing in poke and chicken soup from the District.
As part of its plan to become the next Union Market, the Bourse — a 24,000-square-foot dining hub scheduled to debut later this year in the Old City part of Philly — has carved out room for over two dozen dining establishments. While the majority of the embedded eateries hail from the surrounding area, a handful of hospitality vets from D.C. and Baltimore have also been added into the mix.
Social Restaurant Group, which operates bars and restaurants (Bar Bao, Pamplona, the Prospect, Provision No. 14) around D.C., is sending its yet-to-be-unveiled taco stand up north. One is also in development in Arlington, Virginia (3217 10th Street North); it’s currently scheduled to open this spring.
The two other local businesses branching out include Abunai Poke, a former food truck that planted its first brick and mortar restaurant in downtown D.C., and Prescription Chicken, an alum of food incubator Mess Hall that most recently served customers at pop-up friendly Shop Made in DC.
Food halls are cropping up all over the D.C. area. Isabella Eatery took root in McLean, Virginia right around the holidays. Tastemakers opened its doors in Brookland late last year. Masseria founder Nicholas Stefanelli is installing his multi-level Officina at the Wharf. And developers are still rounding up restaurants for the Quarter Market complex scheduled to open this fall in Ballston, Virginia.